UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Edmond Truelove is WDSF Distinguished Professor

Dr. TrueloveDr. Edmond Truelove, who chaired the University of Washington Department of Oral Medicine for 38 years before stepping down in 2010, has been named the Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor at the UW School of Dentistry, Dean Joel Berg has announced.

The professorship was established in 1988 with a major grant from the Foundation to improve the quality of dental health, education and scientific knowledge for the benefit of the public and dental community. Funding provided by the Foundation was matched by the State of Washington.

The professorship, which rotates, had previously been held by Dean Berg. He said, “It’s my great pleasure to hand off to Dr. Truelove, who is one of our most outstanding dental educators. As Chair of Oral Medicine, he led his department to a position of national and international prominence. He is a superb practitioner and researcher, and there couldn’t be a better choice to carry on this professorship.”

Dean Berg added, “I’d also like to express my thanks to the Washington Dental Service Foundation for its support of the professorship, which continues a long record of strong partnership with our School of Dentistry.”

The Foundation’s aims in establishing the professorship had their roots in the widespread and rapid changes in modern dentistry and the related growth of knowledge about the profession. The Foundation was concerned that much of this new knowledge was not being passed along effectively and integrated into day-to-day management of patients.

Accordingly, the Foundation sought to create a mechanism to disseminate this knowledge and facilitate clinical excellence. The professorship’s holders are charged with planning a conference on “state of the art” dental issues, with an eye toward sharing proceedings with the dental profession via venues such as journal publication.

Dr. Truelove’s symposium will be held May 13-14, 2016, at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Wash., with a working title of “The Current State of Diagnostics and Risk Assessment in Dental Practice and Near-Term Future Directions,” he said.

Dr. Truelove said that he had already lined up the following speakers for the symposium:

  • Michael Glickman: overview
  • Joel Berg: Caries diagnostics and risk assessment
  • Gary Armitage: Periodontal diagnostics and risk assessment
  • Tom Hart: Genetic diagnostics
  • Axel Ruprecht of the University of Iowa, a specialist in oral and maxillofacial radiology
  • Richard Orbach: Behavioral diagnostics

Dr. Truelove also plans to deliver a presentation at the symposium on either pain diagnosis or mucosa disease diagnosis. Commitments from two other speakers are also pending.

Dr. Truelove, who remains active on the School of Dentistry faculty, left the department chair to devote more time to teaching, patient care and research. When he stepped down, he had set a record for longest tenure as a UW department chair.

He is past president of the American Board of Oral Medicine and has chaired the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Dental Association. In 2012, he received the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award, the School of Dentistry’s highest faculty recognition. In 2014, he was honored with the Oral Cancer Foundation’s Service Award for his longtime advocacy of oral cancer screenings and his efforts to educate other providers on the proper methodology of conducting them.